grande dame

\ ˈgrän-ˈdäm How to pronounce grande dame (audio) \
plural grandes dames\ ˈgrän-​ˈdäm(z) How to pronounce grandes dames (audio) \ also grande dames\ ˈgrän-​ˈdäm(z) How to pronounce grande dames (audio) \

Definition of grande dame

1 : a usually elderly woman of great prestige or ability

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the city's grandes dames still hold considerable sway in its cultural life
Recent Examples on the Web This version—the result of years of work by John Becker and Megan Scott, the newest generation to be added to the cookbook’s byline—brings the grande dame of the kitchen bookshelf definitively into the now. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Best Cookbooks of 2019," 9 Dec. 2019 Nixon skipped her gallery — the art was too edgy — but Halpert was already a grande dame. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Edith Halpert and American Modernism," 14 Dec. 2019 There’s no better way to appreciate Melbourne’s cutting-edge streak than from the classically elegant rooms in The Langham Melbourne, a Southbank grande dame that does Chinese massages (thanks to its Chuan Spa) and high tea better than anyone. Louise Hart, Town & Country, "4 International Itineraries for a Vacation Fit for a Royal," 7 Nov. 2019 Fairway is still hanging in there, the grumpy grande dame of New York grocery magic, and, as long as wealthy people throw dinner parties, Citarella will never want for customers. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Sun Rises on Wegmans in Brooklyn," 28 Oct. 2019 For convenience and classic Parisian elegance, pick Hotel Regina Louvre, a grande dame built for the 1900 World’s Fair opposite the Louvre museum and adjacent to Jardin des Tuileries. Amy Tara Koch, Washington Post, "Finding European hotel rooms for families can be tough. Here are suggestions in eight cities.," 28 June 2019 Finding a donut like that at a grande dame like the Fairmont was all the more incongruous. Noah Kaufman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Currently Obsessed With: The Weekend-Only Donuts at the Fairmont Copley Plaza," 26 Sep. 2019 The expensive Horned Dorset Primavera is the grande dame of the area, located in an historic sugar baron’s hacienda surrounded by luxury guesthouses. Iris Van Rynbach,, "Rincon, Puerto Rico, an ideal destination for a family vacation," 10 Nov. 2019 Maybe Maggie Smith’s sardonic Dowager Countess of Grantham, the indestructible grande dame whose truisms and bon mots were sprinkled over six seasons of globally available television and whose forceful legacy is a huge part of the film? Chris Jones,, "Is ‘Downton Abbey’ a conservative parable or straight from the playbook of Andrew Yang?," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of grande dame

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grande dame

French, literally, great lady

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The first known use of grande dame was in 1775

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21 Jan 2020

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“Grande dame.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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: a usually old woman who is highly admired or respected

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